Classic Media has secured worldwide distribution and L&M rights for the new live-action tween series Life with Boys from Michael Poryes.
Life with Boys will be produced by Canadian-based media and entertainment company Corus Entertainment, Nelvana Studio, and family network YTV. Casting is currently underway, with production of 26 half-hour episodes scheduled to begin in February next year.
Classic Media will manage the TV distribution in all territories worldwide excluding Canada, Latin America and Asia (exc. Japan), which will be handled by Nelvana Enterprises, and Australia, France and the UK, which will be covered by UK indie, Helion Pictures.
Classic Media will also manage and roll out a global L&M programme in all handled distribution territories with the inclusion of the UK.
Life with Boys is scheduled to premiere in Canada on YTV in September 2011 and Helion has secured pre-sales across Canal J (France), Nickelodeon (United Kingdom) and ABC (Australia). Classic Media will present the show to buyers at MIPCOM this October.
Michael Poryes, creator and executive producer commented “Life with Boys offers us a unique opportunity to build on our experience with Hannah and Raven and to create a show that moves the genre to the next level.
“I’m very excited to be working with such established international players.”
Doug Schwalbe, EVP, production and program sales, Classic Media, added: “We have admired Michael Poryes’s work for a long time and are excited to present his new series to broadcasters.
“We are pleased to announce Life with Boys with such distinguished partners in Nelvana, YTV, and Helion and look forward to many great conversations during MIPCOM.”
Steven Bawol, MD, Helion Pictures, said: “Michael’s work and success speaks for itself. We’re proud to be part of such a high-profile project and look forward to seeing this great series happen.”
Life with Boys follows 13 year-old Tess Foster who is trying to navigate her way through the turmoil of teen life with the only touchstones at home being her single overprotective dad and three brothers.